Work Trade, a great way to learn a country and have fun!

Airesbuenos hostel and Permaculture is open 365 days a year and has a permanent work trade program for a select number of volunteers.  The program is open year round and the number of volunteers varies depending on the season.

Here is a list of the kind of positions we generally are looking for.  If you have other special aptitudes that you would like to offer, feel free to contact us as well.

Reception and Guest Public Relations

Carpentry and Maintenance

Cleaning and Gardening

Tour Developer

Green Architect

Graphic Designer

Generally speaking, everyone does a little of everything but we try to adjust the internship to fit your skills.  Food is mostly plant based and everyone is expected to help out with cooking and cleaning.  We have a full time cleaning person but light cleaning and consciousness of space is imperative.  Hours will vary depending on the type of work contributed.

 Airesbuenos Hostel is located in Southern Chile, in the center of Valdivia.  This small town is packed with culture and activity.  There are 8 universities, an international think tank called Centro de Estudios Cientificos de Sur and it is the capital of the Region de los Rios.
It rains a lot in Valdivia but does not generally get cold enough to snow.  The warmest time of year is from December to March.
We are looking for enthusiastic helpers with a strong work ethic and strong sense of environmental responsibility.  While we maintain an informal atmosphere, we are NOT a party hostel will not tolerate unprofessional behavior by any of our staff.
Independent projects are available depending on your interest and strengths.  Conditions will vary depending on your skill set and time frame.
Work traders receive a shared dorm room, meals (breakfast and lunch and dinner), one load of laundry/week  in exchange for 30 to 35 hours  a week.
We pride ourselves on a very high standard of customer service as is reflected in our independent ratings.
 We usually require a minimum 3 week commitment and provide training if needed. You must provide proof of insurance to work here.
If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest and a summary of what you can contribute to the hostel along with dates that you will be available.
Hope to hear from you soon!!

Our Volunteers

Josep - Catalunya

Josep - Catalunya

Pierre - France

I.T. Guru - General Problem Solver

The best volunteer we ever had in the hostel. IT genius, amazing human being and especially humble. (guess who wrote this caption??? Humble Pierre himself)

Johanna - Germany


General Problem Causer.

Tanya - Germany


General Problem Causer.

Lukas - Austria


Jonas - Denmark

Forest Farmacy Guru

sarah - Belguim


Seth - USA

Handy Man, Receptionist, Everything!!

Francesca - Italy

Shift Manager

Thibault - France


Tomas - Chile

Reception and Maintenace

Lily - France

Eco Builder

Ada - ireland


Camila - Canada-Chile


Julian - France

Eco Builder

Mama - France


Paige - Canada


Andrew - Singapore


Sandra - Germany

Shift Manager

Carla - Chile


Interested in a Volunteer position ? Contact us !

Your name

Your email

Your phone number

Your country of origin

Prefered volunteering dates

What kind of visa do you have ?

What is your level of spanish ?

Do you have travel insurance ?

What kind of work are interested in ?

What are your strengths ?

Why are you interested in working with us ?